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Across the Iron Curtain

Justin Quinn

in Between Two Fires

Published in print September 2015 | ISBN: 9780198744436
Published online October 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191805783 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744436.003.0002
Across the Iron Curtain

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This chapter examines two theories that help us understand the transfer of literature beyond its linguistic and cultural origins—world literature and transnationalism. These are used to examine Cold War poetry, and the aesthetic and political forces at work in its transmission and reception. The Cold War exerted specific and terrible pressures on poetic discourse and its reception. It also brought a wide range of cultures and nations into sudden and unprecedented negotiation with one another, setting up parallels in poems themselves, critical discourse, and poets’ biographies. The range and variety of such isomorphisms provide the opening conditions for Cold War cultural transnational comparative study.

Keywords: world literature; transnationalism; cold war poetry; Czech poetry; poetry translation

Chapter.  22883 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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